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Fed Officials Confused, Contradictory- We Are Doomed

John Hilsenrath at the Wall Street Journal does a nice job of reviewing and summarizing the dueling speeches of 3 Fed officials today. Not only are they in disagreement about what the Fed should do next, they don’t even seem to be able to agree on what exactly the economy is doing. What else is new?

They should be worried about their credibility.

How can these guys know what to do next when they don’t even have a clue about what the economy is doing right now, let alone what it’s going to do a few month’s down the road? Back in July I did a review of the forecasts of the FOMC members and district bank presidents going back to 2007, as reported in the FOMC meeting minutes. Not once did even one of these “expert” economic manipulators get even the current unemployment rate or GDP rate correct. Their forecasts for the future were even further off the mark. I was forced to conclude that they were either suffering from delusional groupthink (I know they’re not stupid), or deliberately lying.

This was my review of the FOMC’s quarterly surveys of its members and district presidents since 2007. Their opinions serve as the basis for the FOMC meeting statement.

Ironically, Consumer Confidence surveys show that everyday Americans have a far better idea of what’s going on and what to expect than do the experts attempting to manage the financial system.

When the people pulling the economic levers know less than the man in the street, we’re doomed.

Doomed.

 


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I’ve been publishing The Wall Street Examiner and its predecessor since October 2000. I also publish LiquidityTrader.com, and was lead analyst for Sure Money Investor, of blessed memory. I developed David Stockman's Contra Corner for Mr. Stockman. I’ve had a wide variety of finance related jobs since 1972, including a stint on Wall Street in both sales, analytical, and trading capacities. Prior to starting the Wall Street Examiner I was a commercial real estate appraiser in Florida for 15 years. I was considered an expert in the analysis of failed properties that ended up in the hands of bank REO divisions, the FDIC, and the RTC. Remember those guys? I also worked in the residential mortgage and real estate businesses in parts of the 1970s and 80s. I have been charting stocks and markets and doing analytical work since I was a teenager. I'm not some Ivory Tower academic, Wall Street guy. My perspective comes from having my boots on the ground and in the trenches, as a real estate broker, mortgage broker, trader, account rep, and analyst. I've watched most of the games these Wall Street wiseguys play from right up close. I know the drill from my 55 years of paying attention. And I'm happy to share that experience with you, right here. 

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